Commack First Place in Brookhaven Regional Science Quiz Bowl
Story & Photo by Brenda Lentsch
Commack Middle School’s science quiz bowl team won first place at the regional competition, the third regional title in the last eight years (2007, 2012, & 2014).
Team members Daniel Lee, Samuel Petruzzi, Anoop Singh, Muzaffer Tasoglu, and Amay Varaganti will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl on April 24-28. The entire competition and travel expenses are funded by the Department of Energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl® tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer contest that tests their knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
Coach Charles Regulinski described the exciting final match: “Commack was undefeated through the final round, when we faced off against Locust Valley. Locust Valley defeated Commack in a close game, which forced a final and deciding round. In the final round, Commack defeated Locust Valley in a nail-biter that came down to the last few science questions. The final round score was 68 to 54.” He continued, “As always, the outstanding performance of our team is a testament to the tremendous job that all of our teachers and parents have done to make them well rounded adults.”
Photo, from left to right: Commack Middle School science teachers and team advisors AnnMarie Ferreri, and Charles Regulinski; team members Anoop Singh, Samuel Petruzzi, Daniel Lee, Muzaffer Tasoglu, and Amay Varaganti; Assistant Principal, Paul Schmelter, and Director of Science, Alison Offerman-Celentano.